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Getting treatment

  • Information on treatments available to help people to recover from, or to live a better life with, a mental illness.

  • You may find it helpful to write an advance statement when you are well, stating how you would like to be treated if you become ill in the future. Find out more here.

  • Sometimes, when people are unwell, they may need to have treatment, even if they don't want it. There are strict rules about when this can happen.

  • If you become unwell with a mental illness, you may need treatment. In some cases, if you refuse treatment, you may be detained under the Mental Health Act, or 'sectioned'.

  • Find out about safeguards for treatments like ECT, artificial nutrition and neurosurgery. They require an independent second opinion from a designated medical practitioner.